I've been trying to pinpoint what it is about my Holiday job that is so awesome. It's still really slow, and I have nearly an hour commute in the morning before my shift (getting Aspen to Amanda's and then myself to the mall)... but it feels like such a good fit. I get to see all the mall regulars doing their laps for excercise, and I get to talk to the other kiosk workers or retail folks and see how quickly I can do a bathroom run without all the merchandise getting lifted.
I think it's just the type of job that reminds me of my early college days. When I made $6.50 an hour and was so grateful for it. When I sat in an office for hours without talking to another person, but just filed papers and sent out follow-up postcards to perspective residents who had toured the residence halls. I had lots of time to do my homework and email my friends and make plans for the weekend.
Not having worked in the last year (plus!), I've been cut off from this kind of experience. And since Aspen stopped napping, I've also lost the down-time during the day that I used to have to let me recharge or just sit.
It's nice to know it isn't just a "the grass is greener" situation; I truly do love being a parent with the opportunity to work part-time outside the home. That fits best with my personality. Of course, this is ideal right now because I have free childcare for both the jobs I have. I'm sure that if there ever came a time I wanted to work but had to pay for Aspen's care I'd be singing a different tune.
On top of the benefits for me, I know Aspen loves the set up right now, too. Whenever she has to leave her friends' house (on days they don't come home with us) she's a mess. When the kids have to leave our house at the end of the day, at least one of them puts up a fuss. Yes, it's only been a week, but they're still not over the novelty of it yet so we're all reaping the rewards.
So there you have it. I'm admitting that I am a mom who prefers to split her time between being at home and being at work. I WONDER WHERE I GOT THAT FROM, MOTHER? No, but seriously. I'm happy to have the right balanace right now. It makes a world of difference for me.
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